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Title: The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion
Author: Harrison, Peter (ed)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521712514
Volumes: 1; Pages: 322
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In recent years, the relations between science and religion have been the object of renewed attention. Developments in physics, biology and the neurosciences have reinvigorated discussions about the nature of life and ultimate reality. At the same time, the growth of anti-evolutionary and intelligent design movements has led many to the view that science and religion are necessarily in conflict. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the relations between science and religion, with contributions from historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians. It explores the impact of religion on the origins and development of science, religious reactions to Darwinism, and the link between science and secularization. It also offers in-depth discussions of contemporary issues, with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics. The volume is rounded out with philosophical reflections on the connections between atheism and science, the nature of scientific and religious knowledge, and divine action and human freedom.Table of ContentsIntroduction Peter HarrisonPart I. Historical Interactions: 1. The fate of science in patristic and medieval Christendom David C. Lindberg2. Religion and the Scientific Revolution John Henry3. Natural theology and the sciences Jon Topham4. Religious reactions to Darwin Jon Roberts5. Science and secularization John Hedley BrookePart II. Religion and Contemporary Science: 6. Scientific creationism and intelligent design Ronald L. Numbers7. Evolution and the inevitability of intelligent life Simon Conway Morris8. God, physics and the Big Bang William R. Stoeger9. Psychology and theology Fraser Watts10. Science, bioethics and religion John H. EvansPart III. Philosophical Perspectives: 11. Atheism, naturalism and science: three in one? Michael Ruse12. Divine action, emergence and scientific explanation Nancey Murphy13. Science, God and cosmic purpose John Haught14. Ways of relating science and religion Mikael StenmarkA guide to further readingIndex.